Latitude and Longitude Topographic Profiles

Students will be able to observe and read a map/globe.  They will be able to plot a course and understand how far it is from an origin to their final destination.  Furthermore, they will understand how latitude and longitude is used a definite place on a map or globe.

Cloud Identification

Students will recognize and name the various types of clouds and understand their relationship in earth’s atmosphere and how they affect weather.

Materials & Resources

Unit Organizer: The Atmosphere

Power Point class notes: Clouds and Precipitation (Clouds I, 2, 3)

Chart/Textbook showing types of clouds

Set of 20 laminated cloud pictures- one set per group of 2 or 3 students

Area large enough to spread pictures out into groups

Colored pencils, pencils

Scientific Method

The objective for the students is to become familiar with the scientific method.  The scientific method is throughout the year therefore the students need to know this method to conduct scientific experiments.

Materials & Resource: paper to make object,  paper to write on, directions, and pencil or pen.

School Yard Study

Students will plan and conduct an investigation that will correlate temperature, moisture and light to plant species growing in an area.

Materials & Resources

A school yard plot or other suitable area accessible from your school, Vernier LabQuest equipment with probes for temperature, soil moisture and light sensor, plant identification keys….. trees, woodland plants, grasses, a meter stick

Middle of Year Review

Objectives (UKD’s) The objective of this lesson is to review for the first semester or the end of the year.  It is a group activity that can be used with any of the units that we do.

Materials & Resource: A paper that has a triangle on it that looks like the triangle used in the show $20,000 pyramid, it is called “Things associated with” by Dan Mulligan.  Need small sticky notes.  A pen and a review page to help with subjects and information.

Latitude and Longitude using Google Maps

Students will explore the concepts of latitude and longitude using Google Maps as an experimentation tool.

Latitude and Longitude

Students will plan and conduct investigations in which maps are interpreted including finding locations by latitude and longitude.

Materials & Resources

A U.S. map

A World map

Stickers – bright colored dots/disks

Metric ruler



To have the students understand how when energy transfers it can cause extreme weather which can effect many places at one time.  Charts and technology, maps and graphs can show areas that these happen in the most.

Materials & Resources

Google, a United States map and graphing paper, charts and a Video Camera.

Air Pressure

The student will investigate and understand the cause of barometric pressure, interpret barometric pressure data and interpret isobars to show the pattern of air pressure across the nation at a given time.

Materials & Resources

Laptop computer, web site – WeatherBug Achieve, text resource: Today’s Weather: Studying Weather as it Happens by AMS

Direct and indirect negative effects of pollution around the ocean

To understand that pollution can create many indirect negative effects, and how our environment has a balance between all living things.

 Materials & Resources

Aquarium or clear plastic bin, sand, water, red food coloring, small plant (anything including a weed).